Posted by Dakota Stones on 5/4/2020 to
Lodalite quartz is valued for its inclusions, which are particles of sand and other minerals that became trapped in the crystal while the stone was forming. It is one of the few stone types that is valued for its inclusions, others being rutilated quartz or sunstone.
Not much is known about lodalite quartz, as it is a rather elusive material to researchers. The reason for this is because the inclusions tend to be a smattering of many different minerals, so it is difficult to define the parameters for a specific type of minerals to create this stone type. However, we do know that the most common inclusions tend to be forms of feldspar, hematite and chlorite. Because quartz is the most abundant mineral in the earth’s crust, it is natural for there to be so many kinds of inclusions found in the mineral. In order for a quartz to be considered lodalite, the inclusions must resemble “grassy” tufts, but are not considered dendritic. The inclusions in lodalite are more like picture jasper, or ocean opal, which are valued for the way they seem to depict landscapes or ocean views.
Lodalite is also special because of how clear the inclusions can be within the stones. The most common types of lodalite are found within crystal quartz, but more rare and unique forms of lodalite can grow in differently colored quartz. This is also why lodalite quartz goes by many different names: garden quartz, inclusion quartz, or landscape quartz. The picturesque forms in the clear quartz tend to form swirling patterns, sometimes flowery or leafy tendrils as well.
The stone is valued for its metaphysical properties in aiding meditation. All quartz types are considered helpful for their cleansing properties, especially crystal quartz. This stone is said to help clear the mind and promotes a sense of calmness in the wearer.
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